Dates: May 3-7, 2017
Jose’s Hands offers scholarships to 1st year medical school students only. Anyone may apply and attend the trip, but only 1st year med students qualify for the $500 scholarship. Please click the link below to apply.
ABOUT THE TRIP
We will form a unique collaboration between Jose’s Hands, Emmaus Medical Mission (EMM), and Misioneros Del Camino. Together we will harness the expertise of dedicated health and medical professionals to address a myriad of health challenges in Guatemala.
The main goal of our medical mission is to provide medical care to a large number of underserved people in the area of Sumpango Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, a 5-day trip to provide medical help to an underserved community in Guatemala. Students will be led by Guatemalan and American medical professionals and will stay at Misioneros Del Camino, a home for the orphaned, abandoned, and malnourished children of Guatemala started by Mrs. Leonor Portela, better known as Mami Leo. Every child at Misioneros Del Camino is provided with love and education to help them become productive citizens of Guatemalan society and break the cycle of ignorance, poverty, and abuse from which they came. Since 2007, Misioneros Del Camino has also been the home of a high-quality neurological center, where over 100 children with neurological disorders are provided free care and the opportunity for a better life, for themselves as well as for their families.
Most of the people who receive assistance are women, children and elderly.
The Emmaus Medical Mission operates like a well-oiled machine with logistics equipment, number of outpatient consultation and multidisciplinary specialists serving a broad spectrum of health needs. From installation to disassembly, the clinics resemble a ‘MASH’ unit at full steam with the capacity to provide health services in place. Each team member travels with two bags full of military-type medications and supplements. The drugs arrive with the team to ensure nothing is lost in the way, are hauled by hand, and are delivered by doctors to patients for whom they were destined. No governmental or non-governmental organization serves as an intermediary or has access to drugs at any point in the mission, ensuring full accountability.
The mission cost covers shelter, ground transportation within Guatemala, three meals per day, tips/gratuities, and extra medications for patients.
- Wednesday: Depart Miami, Arrive Guatemala, Preparation
- Thursday: Medical Clinic
- Friday: Medical Clinic
- Saturday: Medical Clinic
- Sunday: Depart to Miami
The mission cost mentioned above is $700 and covers food, stay, and transportation. (See Accommodations.) Our Jose’s Hands scholarship will cover $500. Students are responsible for their flights (include if they’re coming from outside of Miami), and we will cover up to $500 of the $700 mandatory mission fee.
A check made payable to the host organization, Emmaus Medical Mission, for $200 should be mailed to PO Box 452305 Miami, FL 33245-2305.
You must purchase your own flight to and from Miami, Florida. If you are from Miami, you lucked out, but if you’re from, let’s say, Washington, then you will be responsible to pay for your flight from Washington to Miami and back to Washington when we arrive back in Miami. You will also be responsible for your flight in and out of Guatemala. Specific Guatemala flight details will be emailed to you upon being accepted for the mission trip. (The reason for the group traveling together out of Miami is ease of logistics. See The Group.)
MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS
Jose’s Hands will help you create an online fundraising portal. You will simply create a profile, set your fundraising goal, and begin sharing your page among friends and family. With easy social media sharing tools, your fundraising page will go viral among social media circles, and you will raise your money in no time.